Extended Learning Opportunities
Extended Learning Opportunities: Focuses on providing students and families with increased access to extended learning opportunities through Saturday Academy, after-school programming, and mentoring. Through our initiatives, we have increased the number of participants engaged in Saturday Academy from 250 students to 400 students. Metrics are currently being reviewed to measure Lexia score increases to ensure Saturday Academy participants are reaching their learning targets. Furthermore, we have effectively worked with CSDE to establish a series of improvements that ensures New Haven’s compliance with state standards to improve systems in designing programs.
21st Century Afterschool Programs: The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant is a competitive grant that provides federal funding to provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. 21stCCLC programs must offer students and their families a broad array of activities that can complement the regular day academic programs.
The 21st CCLC grant is authorized under, Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (P.L. 107-110), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The 21st CCLC grant is administered by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and provides funding to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities. In addition to academics, 21st CCLC grantees may also offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, such as counseling, character education, drug and violence prevention programming, art, music, recreation activities and technology education. A portion of each 21st CCLC grant must be spent on parent engagement activities.
During the 2017-18 school year, 21st CCLC grant money funded programs at 14 schools that provided academic and enrichment opportunities to 978 students and 211 parents. For participants who attended 30 or more days of programming, a Federal Teacher Survey was completed by the student’s daytime instructor. A summary of survey responses for the 2017-18 program year can be found on the following page.